Mother & Son Painting


Theo with his mother and his mother’s mother.

For Mother’s Day this year, Theo and I went to a painting class at The Paint Mixer. It was a Parent/Child class where you each got a separate canvas to paint. The original picture that we were supposed to learn to paint looked like this:


We decided to do something different, and each painted one half of the picture on our two canvases. Then we would have a larger painting when they were put together. Of course I painted the mama giraffe and Theo painted the baby giraffe. Continue reading


May on TV

May 2017

Here are the topics I mentioned today, all of which are FREE!

Saturday, May 6, Home Depot Kids Workshop, 9am-12pm
– Build a Flower Pot for Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 6, Little Golden Book Bus Tour, 12-3pm
– The King’s English

Sunday, May 21 – Bike the Branches, 12-5pm

You can watch the video here.

Theo’s 8th Birthday Party


The theme for Theo’s 8th birthday party was pretty unique. Our local Utah Children’s Theater holds a Shakespeare Festival for kids every year, and this festival happened to occur right at the same time as Theo’s birthday. We had to take advantage!


As part of the theater, they have a private room where you can hold parties. They offered a “Breakfast with Shakespeare” party where they served made-to-order waffles so we had an early morning birthday party!


We baked our own birthday cakes this year — something I hadn’t done since his 1st birthday! We used a regular waffle iron and cooked many layers of cake batter “waffles.” Then we frosted them one on top of the other until they were cake-shaped. We ended up with three different cake flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and funfetti!


After the breakfast/eating waffles portion of the party, the kids were treated to a special abridged Shakespeare performance. It was quite funny and the kids were all well-behaved in their theater seats.

For the party favors, I wanted to emphasize the literary theme of the Shakespeare party, so we gave each child a small notebook and personalized bookmark. It had a great Shakespeare quote, “I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends.” Months later, I was volunteering in Theo’s classroom and saw that one of his classmates was reading a book using his bookmark from the party! I was so happy to see it.

Holiday Activities 2015


Theo mailing his letter to Santa at Macy’s. Instead of writing his wish list, he wrote, “I like the books you give me.” I was so touched by his expression of gratitude. That’s the Christmas spirit!

I know to some people it’s sacrilegious to start celebrating Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving, but we’ve already gone to two Christmas-related events this year! City Creek Center celebrated the arrival of Santa Claus and the Macy’s candy windows reveal on November 19, and this past weekend Theo and I went to see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Capitol Theatre. Before even more events pass us by, here is the annual holiday activity list. It includes some new events and some old favorites. We are so lucky to have so many fun events available for us to enjoy this winter. Happy Holidays to all of our readers!


Drive Through Christmas lights in Kearns

November 27 – January 2


Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

The Light Before Christmas

Clark Planetarium

Daily Showtimes


Paint Like Art Dog at the UMFA

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

December 2



This is the Place Heritage Park

December 3-5


A Midway Christmas

Main Street, Midway, UT

December 4-7


It Happened One Christmas

Pioneer Memorial Theatre

December 4-19


Art Dog

Salt Lake Acting Company

December 4-23


Mini Gingerbread House Building

SLC Library – Chapman Branch

December 5


Village of Lights

The Wonderment

December 10-12


The Nutcracker & Sugar Plum Parties

Ballet West, Capitol Theatre

December 10-27


Wassail & Waffles

Broadway Theatre

December 12


Christmas Carole Sing-Along

Vivint Smart Home Arena

December 14


Las Posadas Celebration

SLC Library – Chapman Branch

December 17


Home Alone

Utah Symphony

December 18-19


Winter Solstice Celebration

Red Butte Gardens

December 19


Here Comes Santa Claus!

Utah Symphony

December 19


Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with the Sesame Street Muppets (2014)

Airing on PBS – KUED 7

December 21 at 8pm and December 24 at 7pm


Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Utah Symphony

December 22-23


EVE Winter Fest

Downtown SLC

December 29-31

November on TV

Nov 2015

Here are some fun theatre shows you and your kids can enjoy this month!

The Road to Broadway” Rowland Hall school musical
Rowland Hall Larimer Center, 843 S. Lincoln Street

November 5, 6, 7 at 7pm
Miss Nelson is Missing” by U of U Youth Theatre
Kingsbury Hall

November 13 at 7pm
November 14 at 11:00am (Sensory-friendly performance)
Capitol Theatre
November 20 at 8pm
November 21 at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
November 22 at 1pm